How we do it
Power Paws utilizes science-based positive reinforcement clicker training to train more than 90 behaviors on each of our service dogs-in-training. We strive to use force-free methods to raise dogs that work happily and voluntarily for their partners. Accepted clients meet with us every 6-8 weeks, where they are instructed on an aspect of service dog ownership and meet with different dogs, until a match is found. Clients are then invited to a 2 week boot camp to officially receive their dog. Partnerships that have been working successfully for at least 6 months are then invited to attend our yearly graduation. This ensure that our graduates are a truly successfully working teams.
Power Paws is fully accredited by Assistance Dogs International.
Power Paws raises, trains and places assistance dogs with children and adults with disabilities. We train dogs to work with people with mobility impairments, Type 1 diabetes and people with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Our dogs that work with people with mobility impairments can retrieve dropped items, open and close doors or help remove articles of clothing.
Children and adults with Type 1 diabetes often have problems with very high or very low blood glucose levels. Our Diabetic Alert Dogs are taught to alert and signal when they sense these changes.
Our newest program is the Digital Evidence Alert K-9s. DEAK-9 dogs are taught to search and locate digital media (hard drives, flash drives, cameras, cell phones, etc.) with their Law Enforcement handlers to help increase how much evidence is collected, decrease how much time is spent searching for evidence, and provide support to victims of such crimes.